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Poster: monkey99 Date: Jul 26, 2010 2:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Senor

Hey guys,

I just heard "Senor" today, and am ashamed to admit I wasn't aware of this great song. Would anyone have recommendations for some notable performances?

Thanks all.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jul 27, 2010 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

Hello monkey99: there are at least two performances on "official" releases that are worthwhile, especially since the other material on the CD's is great as well. [Note: both performances are with the "Jerry Garcia Band." Also, both releases are double-CD's.]

1993 on the CD, "Jerry Garcia Plays Dylan:"
http://www.deaddisc.com/disc/Garcia_Plays_Dylan.htm

[Note: 2 CD release of covers of Dylan songs by Garcia/Saunders, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead. All recordings are from live performances and date from 1973 to 1995.]

1990/1991 from the CD, "Jerry Garcia Band:"
http://www.deaddisc.com/disc/Jerry_Garcia_Band.htm

[Note: A live double CD of the Jerry Garcia Band at the Warfield Theater recorded either in the Spring of 1990 or in August 1990.]

Here are the lyrics and some miscellaneous notes:

Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
Lyrics: Bob Dylan

[This was rehearsed by Bob Dylan with the Grateful Dead in 1987 but never played live then. Jerry Garcia played it regularly with the JGB in the 1990s, and Dylan played it with The Dead in 2003.]

Senor, senor, do you know where we're heading?
Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?
Seems like I been down this way before
Is there any truth in that, senor?

Senor, senor, do you know where she is hiding?
How long are we gonna be riding?
How long must I keep my eyes glued to the door?
Will there be any comfort there, senor?

There's a wicked wind still blowin' on that upper deck
There's an iron cross still hanging down from around her neck
There's a marching band still playing in that vacant lot
Where she held me in her arms one time and said, "Forget me not"

Senor, senor, I can see that painted wagon,
I can smell the tail of the dragon
Can't stand the suspense anymore
Can you tell me who to contact here, senor?

Well, the last thing I remember before I stripped and kneeled
Was that trainload of fools bogged down in a magnetic field
A gypsy with a broken flag and a flashing ring
Said, "Son, this ain't a dream no more, it's the real thing"

Senor, senor, you know their hearts is as hard as leather
Well, give me a minute, let me get it together
I just gotta pick myself up off the floor
I'm ready when you are, senor

Senor, senor, let's disconnect these cables
Overturn these tables
This place don't make sense to me no more
Can you tell me what we're waiting for, senor?
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Peace be with you, monkey99 ----

"...There are many here among us, who feel that life is but a joke /
But you and I, we've been through that, and it is not our fate /
So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late..."

--- AshesRising

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2010-07-27 07:59:29

This post was modified by AshesRising on 2010-07-27 18:49:05

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Poster: jwbinaj Date: Jul 27, 2010 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

that 1990 JGB band CD changed my life...That version of Senor is incredible...at a loss for words to describe..feels like I am on a ship with JERRY sittin in a dark part of the interoir somewhere and its raining and we been drinking rum all night...That Cd is one of my top 5 all time greatest ever...."wait a minute let me get it together..."

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Poster: ducats Date: Jul 27, 2010 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

the 2nd cd you list being the one to get

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jul 27, 2010 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

Hi Ashes, How's things? I been 'on vacation' so not using PC. Glad you're still checking in.

Been doing alot of sailing & racing.

Jim

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Poster: jwbinaj Date: Jul 27, 2010 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

that 1990 JGB band CD changed my life...That version of Senor is incredible...at a loss for words to describe..feels like I am on a ship with JERRY sittin in a dark part of the interoir somewhere and its raining and we been drinking rum all night...That Cd is one of my top 5 all time greatest ever...."wait a minute let me get it together..."

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 27, 2010 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

Hello and welcome

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Poster: jjoops Date: Jul 27, 2010 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor [official releases and lyrics]

The double-live CD version has the lyrics especially clear, too, because Jerry overdubbed them after the fact. But I agree with the initial poster that this is haunting, powerful stuff. The '93 version on Garcia Plays Dylan is great, too.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 26, 2010 3:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

No shame necessary...
It's always a great thing to discover some new nugget.

According to the Jerry site, There are only 24 shows with this in the set list, all from early 1990 thru to April of 1994. It would be a fun project to find and listen to all of them, and see which ones you like best.

The only one I am familiar with is the one on the commercial release.. "The Jerry Garcia Band", recorded at the Warfield in early 1990. Not sure which show this version is from.

Hope this helps a little.

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Poster: sunmonster Date: Jul 26, 2010 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

There's also an interesting version by Willie Nelson & Calexico (I'm sure it's available on line somewhere). I'm not a big fan of Willie's voice, but when the horn section kicks in it was as if I was transported immediately south of the border...

Anyhow, it's a great cover for Jerry. As usual, he really gets it. And a testament to Dylan's songwriting.

"... feels like we've been down this road before..."

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Poster: ducats Date: Jul 26, 2010 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

I assume you've already figured out its a Dylan tune - Street Legal (or something like that) - mid to late 70's.

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Poster: monkey99 Date: Jul 26, 2010 7:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

I didn't realize it was a Dylan tune! I just assumed right away it was Garcia/Hunter. Nevertheless, a great tune. Thanks all for the input. I just got back to my computer now, so sorry for the delayed thanks.

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Poster: wineland Date: Jul 27, 2010 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

I didn't find any JGB versions on youtube but I thought these did the song justice:

Willie Nelson and Calexico
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiShjSrGsPk&;feature=related

Parkin' Meters Band (no relation to the Funky Meters)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avJ4yXxowDQ&;feature=related

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Poster: Darkstarz117 Date: Jul 27, 2010 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Senor

Interesting tidbit. Garcia learned this from Dylan. I am guessing that anyway. You can hear 2 different versions of this from the Dylan and The Dead rehearsals from 87.


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-06-01.sbd-rehearsals.fraser.97489.shnf
[Track 49] and [Track 57]

These are both pretty rough tracks. However the second is Jerry singing without Dylan.